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hugging china

Hugging China hasn’t done Britain any favors

May 7, 2020 8:02 pm

It isn’t healthy to be told that you’re chewing gum on the sole of another country’s shoes

sweden

Sweden and Britain are not the same

May 7, 2020 7:07 pm

Swedes are (for the most part) Swedish. Culturally and ethnically homogeneous, they tend to conform

fast-forward british

This pandemic has put British politics on fast-forward

May 7, 2020 2:36 pm

‘The past two months have been like two years of government,’ says one cabinet minister

merkel

Merkel has lost control of Germany’s coronavirus response

May 7, 2020 12:24 pm

The fate of the country and its success story in this crisis now lies in the hands of the 16 state governments

britain

How will Britain decide which lockdown measures to lift first?

May 7, 2020 11:48 am

It is extremely difficult to separate out the effects of various different measures

nothing covid

We know everything — and nothing — about COVID

May 6, 2020 11:19 pm

It is data, not modeling, that we need now

iran

Coronavirus has exposed Iran’s rotten republic

May 6, 2020 11:36 am

What happens if what characterizes your government is sadism, an addiction to conspiracy theories and incompetence?

coronavirus lockdown

Why lockdown doesn’t work

May 6, 2020 11:09 am

Lockdown only pushes severe cases into the future — it will not prevent them

neil ferguson

Neil Ferguson’s remarkable fall from grace

May 6, 2020 9:55 am

It’s time our tribal chief found a more sensible adviser. This witch doctor, like so many before him, has turned out to have feet of clay

beijing australian

Beijing’s biotech bullies

May 5, 2020 11:05 am

Australian politicians need to stop being so naive and wise up about the threat posed by the Chinese Communist party

german court

A German court has just plunged the eurozone into fresh crisis

May 5, 2020 9:59 am

It is a mess, and at a moment of maximum danger, no one knows anymore what the central bank can or can’t do anymore

blitz deep shelter

What Blitz spirit? The Brits are showing a deep shelter mentality

May 5, 2020 9:47 am

Social distancing doesn’t do much for an esprit de corps

statistics

COVID statistics are just politics by other means

May 5, 2020 9:04 am

Media outlets use statistics like the drunkard uses lamp-posts: for support rather than for illumination

antibody israel

Israel has an antibody breakthrough

May 5, 2020 7:36 am

But will it be enough to defeat the disease?

immunity passports

The trouble with British immunity passports

May 4, 2020 11:20 am

Creating any system that dishes out a biological status is going to create a series of ethical quandaries

spain

Spain’s fiendishly complex rules for easing the lockdown

May 4, 2020 9:56 am

Before I could leave the house, I had to learn the new rules. And first I had to find the new rules

mutation

Have we been fighting a very different disease to China?

May 4, 2020 8:56 am

New research on mutations of the virus suggests so

japan

Coronavirus is revealing uncomfortable truths about Japan

May 3, 2020 11:14 am

The rise of ‘Corona rikon’

death toll

It’s a mistake to compare Britain’s COVID death toll with Spain and France

May 2, 2020 1:47 pm

When the media presents coronavirus death tolls, it’s vital that you read the small print

emmanuel macron

Emmanuel Macron is experiencing the calm before the storm

May 1, 2020 8:47 am

Bonne chance, Monsieur le president, you have won your ‘war’ but the peace may be harder to master.

Coronavirus reinfection fears appear to be unfounded

May 1, 2020 7:33 am

It seems that the 263 South Korean patients had not been reinfected at all

certainty

We crave certainty over COVID-19. There isn’t any

April 30, 2020 3:08 pm

There is no scientific truth to COVID-19, as yet — and perhaps never will be

eyam

Lessons from Eyam, the plague village that isolated from the world

April 30, 2020 2:57 pm

Estimates of mortality range between a third and two-thirds of all the inhabitants

singapore

Singapore’s coronavirus blindspot

April 30, 2020 12:44 pm

The island-state thrives off its multiracial heritage

china cover-up

China’s COVID cover-up shows it can’t be trusted

April 30, 2020 11:55 am

The China of 2020 is not the China of 2010, still less the China that acceded to the WTO in 2001